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Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. He was the Lord of Bouillon, from which he took his byname, from 1076 and the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ.

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The sword of Godfrey of Bouillon on display in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Godfrey was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; he believed that the true King of Jerusalem is Christ. The size of this sword is awesome. Try to think of fighting for a full day by wielding this weapon with one hand.

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The Nine Worthies Couple

The Nine Worthies Couple - detail from a fresco by the Maestro del Castello della Manta dated about 1420 in the baronial hall at the Castello della Manta, Saluzo, Italy. The Nine Worthies are historical, legendary or scriptural men who personified chivalry. Women were added later. On the left is Godfrey of Bouillon who led the First Crusade and was proclaimed King of Jerusalem in 1100.

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Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon

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Godfrey of Bouillon - Wikipedia

The Siege of Jerusalem took place from June 7 to July 15, 1099 during the First Crusade. The climax of the First Crusade, the successful siege saw the Crusaders seize the city from the Fatimid Caliphate and laid the foundations for the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

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